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A Protoflight High Specific Power Electric Propulsion System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10SB1-0381
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB101-012
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
MSNW LLC
8551 154th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: A Protoflight High Specific Power Electric Propulsion System
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: D11PC20180
Award Amount: $1,124,999.00
 

Abstract:

The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) has demonstrated the ability to ionize, electromagnetically accelerate, and eject a broad range of complex and chemically-reactive molecular gases, including monopropellants. EMPT has the potential to dramatically increase the operational range of existing electric propulsion (EP) systems in both power density, power throttling, and propellant choice. Proposed here is a Phase II program to develop protoflight hardware for the EMPT thruster to be flown on FalconSAT-6. This experiment will demonstrate the in-space operation of a high specific power pulsed thruster operating at 1 kW average power on Xenon. A ground-based multi-mode development will demonstrate the electromagnetic operation of the EMPT on monopropellants. The highly scalable EMPT represents a dramatic advancement for EP technology and has direct applications for 1 kW to 1 MW EP thrusters

Principal Investigator:

David Kirtley
Principal Investigator
(425) 867-8900
dkirtley@msnwllc.com

Business Contact:

John Slough
Director of Research
(425) 867-8900
sloughj@msnwllc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MSNW LLC
8551 154th Ave NE Redmond, WA -

EIN/Tax ID: 760830797
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No